Join us as we ZOOM to celebrate Canada Day at 9:30 a.m. on July 1st.  We will kick things off with announcing (and hopefully surprising!) the 2020 Westport Senior of the Year.  MPP Clark and MP Barrett will bring greetings from the provincial and federal governments and answer any questions that might be on your mind.

The Lieutenant-Governor will be joining us at 10:00.  Her Honour will bring Canada Day greetings from the Queen and entertain your questions.

Please register your email with Patti Mueller – pmueller@villageofwestport.ca – so you can be included on the call.  We may be in COVID-19 pandemic, but as Canadians, we know how to show our pride in our country.  Please join us on July 1st!



Canada Day 2020 in Westport

Join Westport Mayor and Council for a ZOOM get together between 9:30 and 10:30 on July 1st.  Westport’s Canada Day ZOOM call will include the announcement of this year’s SENIOR OF THE YEAR.  Always a surprise!  

MPP Steve Clark will be joining the call to bring Canada Day greetings from the Ontario government and answer your questions.  He will be joined by Michael Barrett, the federal representative for the riding, who will bring greetings from the Canadian government and also answer your questions.

Another amazing guest will be sharing Canada Day with Westport.  Who do you think it is?  No.  Nope.  Not even close!  Another surprise! The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will be ZOOMING in to join Westport’s Canada Day Celebration.  She will bring greetings from the Queen and wants to hear from you – your questions, concerns, family traditions for Canada Day and whatever else you want to share.

Here is what you can do to help prepare for the July 1st celebration:  

Step 1: If you are interested in joining Westport’s Canada Day ZOOM call, you need to register.  As you likely know, Zoom calls can be “bombed” by “trolls”.  The way to avoid this is to register by sending your request to Patti Mueller – pmueller@villageofwestport.ca.  You will receive your invitation for the call closer to July 1st.  If your email or cell phone number is not registered, you will not be given access to the Canada Day ZOOM call on July 1 st.

Step 2: Both MPP Clark and MP Barrett will answer your questions during the first half hour of the call.  To help you prepare for the Lieutenant Governor’s visit, is there a question you would like to ask her?  Your children might want to ask how she fulfills her role as the Queen’s representative for Ontario.  You might want to share with her and get her response to “If I was Lieutenant Governor for one day, I would…”  Your family might want to tell her what you enjoy the most about living in Westport or Ontario or Canada.  Let’s put Westport on Her Honour’s list of the most patriotic communities!

Step 3:  The Mayor will be hosting the call and will try to get all your questions answered.  It would help if you cold limit your question to under 1 minute.  Let Patti know before the ZOOM call that you want to be called upon to ask your question and she will provide Mayor Jones with your name.

Step 4:  Decorate your home or business in red and white.  Raise the Canadian flag and show your pride to be a Canadian.

We can’t congregate on July 1st, but we can CELEBRATE CANADA DAY!

Time to pause to say thanks

It has been a little over two weeks since the community began to pull together, putting strategies in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.  I am aware of the cooperation taking place to keep everyone in the Village safe as well as the “out of the box” thinking underway to meet these new challenges.   You make the Village safer and me very proud to be your Mayor.

We have seen extraordinary leadership from Tracey, Neil & Martha and Paul.  Early decisions were made by many businesses to prevent the spread of the virus – either by early closures or restricted access.

Essential services are keeping us provisioned and we are thankful to – Les, Paul&Marcia, Guy&Cathy,  Canada Post staff, Morgan, Frank & Steve, John&Cynthia, Steve, Tara&John, Doug&Susan, $store.  The LCBO keeps us stocked. CRCHC takes care of our medical needs and Paul, Anne-Marie, Peter, Jamie and Brandon are keeping the lights on at Town Hall.

I also want to bring to your attention the support of three people that you might not be aware of.  Our Medical Officer of Health, Dr Paula Stewart, has answered each one of my many emails seeking answers to your questions. There are many municipalities in the tri-county area covered by the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit. And yet she provides the information we need, often in the evening, telling me she is working long hours.  Thank you Dr Stewart.

Our MP, Michael Barrett reached out to me in early days and offered his support.  I have had to contact Michael several times and his responses have been prompt, accurate and complete.  Great working with you MP Barrett.

Finally, our MPP, Minister Steve Clark has been a workhorse.  With his dual roles – as our MPP AND as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Minister Clark and his staff have been incredibly supportive and helpful.  All calls are returned quickly with the information we need to continue our planning in the Village.  And to receive a phone call from Steve in the middle of busy days for both of us – just to check in – well, I think that says it all.  You are doing a great job, MPP Clark.

Despite the hard work to date, everyone needs to continue to keep our safety net around the Village and not drop our guard.  COVID-19 is spreading around us and we need remain vigilant.

On behalf of Jacky, Barry, Rob and Melissa, thank you everyone – for all that you do.

Call anytime – 273-9195